Aos Fatos

Organization: Aos Fatos
Applicant: Tai Nalon
Assessor: Sergio Lüdtke

Background

Aos Fatos is one of the most important fact-checking initiatives in Brazil. Established in 2015, the agency has grown and expanded its influence by combining fact-checking and developing new technologies to put it at the service of combating disinformation in the country. At Aos Fatos Lab sponsored projects of artificial intelligence and automated fact-checking. Among its creations is Fátima (FactMachine or FactMa), a robot that operates on Twitter, Messenger, and WhatsApp by sending fact-checks and providing tips so that the audience can check information independently.

Assessment Conclusion

Aos Fatos fully comply with the principles required by IFCN. It is a transparent organization, dedicated to fact-checking, that gives visibility to the team, to its methodologies, financing, and is free from commitments to political parties, candidates and causes. It applies high standards in fact-checking and is transparent in the way it uses and relates to sources.

I leave two recommendations to the organization: 1) to clarify the reasons that led it to start the check; and 2) make it more evident how readers can contribute by sending fact-check suggestions. Aos Fatos already receives many suggestions daily, but new audiences can be better oriented to collaborate.

on 20-May-2020 (10 months ago)

Sergio Lüdtke assesses application as Compliant

A short summary in native publishing language

Aos Fatos continua sendo uma das mais importantes iniciativas de fact-checking no Brasil, evoluindo consistentemente na pesquisa e desenvolvimento de novas tecnologias para colocar a serviço do combate à desinformação no país. Atuando desde 2015, a agência produz jornalismo da melhor qualidade, com transparência e zelo pelos princípios da IFCN. Aos Fatos mantém um alto padrão na checagem habitual do discurso das autoridades públicas e evolui cada vez mais na verificação de conteúdos virais suspeitos que ganham tração nas redes sociais.

Section 1: Eligibility to be a signatory

To be eligible to be a signatory, applicants must meet these six criteria

  • 1.1 The applicant is a legally registered organization, or a distinct team or unit within a legally registered organization, and details of this are easily found on its website.
  • 1.2 The team, unit or organization is set up exclusively for the purpose of fact-checking.
  • 1.3 The applicant has published an average of at least one fact check a week over the course of the six months prior to the date of application. For applicants from countries with at least 5 or more verified signatories need to have at least a fact check a week over the twelve months of publishing track. Consult to factchecknet@poynter.org for confirmation.
  • 1.4 On average, at least 75% of the applicant’s fact checks focus on claims related to issues that, in the view of the IFCN, relate to or could have an impact on the welfare or well-being of individuals, the general public or society.
  • 1.5 The applicant’s editorial output is not, in the view of the IFCN, controlled by the state, a political party or politician.
  • 1.6 If the organization receives funding from local or foreign state or political sources, it provides a statement on its site setting out to the satisfaction of the IFCN, how it ensures its funders do not influence the findings of its reports.

Criteria 1.1
Proof you meet criteria
Please explain where on your website you set out information about your organization’s legal status and how this complies with criteria. Attach a link to the relevant page of your website.

Aos Fatos
03-May-2020 (11 months ago)

Aos Fatos is a journalistic company trading name. It is registered under the CNPJ 22.408.117/0001-41 as news agency. Reference: https://aosfatos.org/nossos-parceiros/

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Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
19-May-2020 (11 months ago)

The link provided by Aos Fatos points to a page with detailed information about the organization and how it is financed. The document attached to the application confirms the organization's registration.


done_all 1.1 marked as Compliant by Sergio Lüdtke.

Criteria 1.2
Proof you meet criteria
Please answer the following questions – (see notes in Guidelines for Application on how to answer)

 1. When and why was your fact-checking operation started?
 2. How many people work or volunteer in the organization and what are their roles?
 3. What different activities does your organization carry out?
 4. What are the goals of your fact-checking operation over the coming year?

Aos Fatos
03-May-2020 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

Aos Fatos is Brazil's benchmark fact-checking organization. Launched in July 2015 by a journalist and a developer with scarce funding and the ambitious mission of shedding light on what is true and what is false in politics, Aos Fatos has grown to be one of the most innovative websites in Latin America. Since 2015, our team covered two elections and a presidential impeachment with verification and data driven approach. However, what makes Aos Fatos stand out from other media outlets in Brazil and abroad is its technology-savvy team that adds up automation solutions to a creative approach.

The combination of journalism, social engagement, technology and design results in groundbreaking tools to tackle misinformation, such as conversational bots, monitoring bots, cartoons and a well developed use of social media. Aos Fatos reached editorial maturity developing such projects and, with that, gathered even more relevance in the journalistic environment. These innovations were responsible, for example, for the expansion of its editorial and technology teams. Now, Aos Fatos employs 15 full and part-time professionals, in addition to seasonal collaborators and consultants.

For the next 12 months, Aos Fatos aims to deepen its mis/disinformation campaigns coverage by building an algorithm that will help us identify low quality content in real time on social platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and WhatsApp. This, together with the a mis/disinformation monitor that is currently being developed, might improve our workflow and give us more data in order to tackle false or misleading content and fact-check them.

Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
19-May-2020 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

The answer of Aos Fatos fully meets the four items of this criterion. 


done_all 1.2 marked as Compliant by Sergio Lüdtke.

Criteria 1.3
Proof you meet criteria
- The applicant has published an average of at least one fact check a week over the course of the six months prior to the date of application.
- For applicants from countries with at least 5 or more verified signatories need to have at least a fact check a week over the twelve months of publishing track.
- Consult to factchecknet@poynter.org for confirmation.

Aos Fatos
03-May-2020 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

Besides debunking false or misleading content online, as listed in the attached file, Aos Fatos also fact-checks statements from politicians and published investigations and fact-sheets regarding popular mis/disinformation topics.

All of Bolsonaro's statements, fact-checked: https://aosfatos.org/todas-as-declara%C3%A7%C3%B5es-de-bolsonaro/

All of Aos Fatos' fact-checks in one place: https://aosfatos.org/noticias/

Files Attached
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Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
19-May-2020 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

In the link provided by the applicant, we identified more than 150 fact checks published in the last three months.


done_all 1.3 marked as Compliant by Sergio Lüdtke.

Criteria 1.4
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will assess compliance through a review of the fact checks published over the previous three months. No additional information required.

Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
19-May-2020 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

The applicant's fact checks are concentrated on topics of relevance to society. More recently, most investigations have focused on misinformation and falsehoods about coronaviruses and COVID-19. In addition, when the claims originate from social networks, Aos Fatos has dealt preferentially with those messages that have a wide audience reach.


done_all 1.4 marked as Compliant by Sergio Lüdtke.

Criteria 1.5
Proof you meet criteria
Please explain any commercial, financial and/or institutional relationship your organization has to the state, politicians or political parties in the country or countries you cover. Also explain funding or support received from foreign as well as local state or political actors over the previous financial year.

Aos Fatos
03-May-2020 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

Aos Fatos has never received any funding from the state or politicians or political parties in Brasil or anywhere else. It is registered here: https://aosfatos.org/nossos-parceiros/

Aos Fatos, however, collaborate with Electoral Courts and state level agencies around the country in order to republish its content for free. It is coherent with our efforts to reach as many people as possible with verified information.

Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
19-May-2020 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

The applicant displays on a page the total revenue from previous years and declares its principles regarding financing.

On the same page, Aos Fatos describes its main sources of financing, declares that it is part of Facebook's third-party verification project, and confirms that it does not receive funds from foundations, governments or political parties.


done_all 1.5 marked as Compliant by Sergio Lüdtke.

Criteria 1.6
Proof you meet criteria
If you confirmed the organization receives funding from local or foreign state or political sources, provide a link to where on your website you set out how you ensure the editorial independence of your work.

Aos Fatos
03-May-2020 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

It doesn't.

Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
19-May-2020 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

The applicant declares it does not receive amounts from local or foreign state or political sources.


done_all 1.6 marked as Compliant by Sergio Lüdtke.

Section 2: A commitment to Non-partisanship and Fairness

To be compliant on nonpartisanship and fairness, applicants must meet these five criteria

  • 2.1 The applicant fact-checks using the same high standards of evidence and judgement for equivalent claims regardless of who made the claim.
  • 2.2 The applicant does not unduly concentrate its fact-checking on any one side, considers the reach and importance of claims it selects to check and publishes a short statement on its website to set out how it selects claims to check.
  • 2.3 The applicant discloses in its fact checks relevant interests of the sources it quotes where the reader might reasonably conclude those interests could influence the accuracy of the evidence provided. It also discloses in its fact checks any commercial or other such relationships it has that a member of the public might reasonably conclude could influence the findings of the fact check.
  • 2.4 The applicant is not as an organization affiliated with nor declares or shows support for any party, any politician or political candidate, nor does it advocate for or against any policy positions on any issues save for transparency and accuracy in public debate.
  • 2.5 The applicant sets out its policy on non-partisanship for staff on its site. Save for the issues of accuracy and transparency, the applicant’s staff do not get involved in advocacy or publicise their views on policy issues the organization might fact check in such a way as might lead a reasonable member of the public to see the organization’s work as biased.

Criteria 2.1
Proof you meet criteria
Please share links to 10 fact checks published over the past year that you believe demonstrate your non-partisanship.
Please briefly explain how the fact checks selected show that (I) you use the same high standards of evidence for equivalent claims, (II) follow the same essential process for every fact check and (III) let the evidence dictate your conclusions.

Aos Fatos
03-May-2020 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

Each link listed here has a different main character and complies with our policy of fact-checking as many different topics and politicians as possible, without leading to false equivalences and a biased coverage.

1. Donald Trump: https://aosfatos.org/noticias/trump-nao-disse-em-entrevista-que-mandara-tropas-ao-brasil-se-bolsonaro-sofrer-golpe/

2. Wilson Witzel (PSC), João Doria (PSDB) and Rui Costa (PT): https://aosfatos.org/noticias/video-que-mostra-acao-da-pm-em-praia-e-antigo-e-sem-relacao-com-isolamento-social/

3. Bolsonaro (sem partido): https://aosfatos.org/noticias/contra-moro-bolsonaro-omite-pressao-na-pf-ao-afirmar-que-nunca-pediu-blindagem/

4. Rodrigo Maia (DEM): https://aosfatos.org/noticias/rodrigo-maia-nao-descartou-projeto-do-governo-bolsonaro-sobre-quarentena/

5. Justice Luís Roberto Barroso: https://aosfatos.org/noticias/e-falso-que-barroso-declarou-apoio-manifestacoes-bolsonaristas-de-15-de-marco/

6. Eduardo Bolsonaro (sem partido): https://aosfatos.org/noticias/eduardo-bolsonaro-difunde-e-amplifica-informacoes-falsas-para-atacar-jornalista-da-folha/

7. Sergio Moro: https://aosfatos.org/noticias/no-roda-viva-moro-distorce-fatos-ao-comentar-relacao-de-bolsonaro-com-imprensa-e-policia-federal/

8. Carlos Bolsonaro (sem partido): https://aosfatos.org/noticias/carlos-bolsonaro-nao-publicou-foto-com-arma-minutos-apos-marielle-ser-assassinada/

9. Justice Gilmar Mendes: https://aosfatos.org/noticias/gilmar-mendes-nao-mandou-excluir-perfis-de-carlos-bolsonaro-em-redes-sociais/

10. Joice Hasselmann (PSL): https://aosfatos.org/noticias/contra-serie-de-evidencias-joice-diz-no-roda-viva-que-nao-difundiu-noticia-falsa-nas-eleicoes/

Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
19-May-2020 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

Although fact check publications in recent weeks have been dominated by COVID-19 and rumors published by ordinary people or anonymous sources on social networks, Aos Fatos has been doing fact checks and verifying statements involving different public figures in Brazil. In all fact checks, there is a regularity in both the rigor and the standards adopted, which does not allow any commitment or preference to be perceived by any side in the political debate.


done_all 2.1 marked as Compliant by Sergio Lüdtke.

Criteria 2.2
Proof you meet criteria
Please share a link to a place on your website where you explain how you select claims to check, explaining how you ensure you do not unduly concentrate your fact-checking on any one side, and how you consider the reach and importance of the claims you select to check.

Aos Fatos
03-May-2020 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago
Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
19-May-2020 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

Aos Fatos describe on the "Our Method" page the criteria for selecting the content that it investigates. This selection considers three aspects:

1) the content is relevant

2) there is a public authority endorsing it

3) the content has a high engagement on social media platforms.


done_all 2.2 marked as Compliant by Sergio Lüdtke.

Criteria 2.3
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will assess compliance through a review of the fact checks published over the previous year. No additional information required.

Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
19-May-2020 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

There was no perceived conflict of interest in the assessment with the sources used in the fact-checking by Aos Fatos. The applicant uses reliable sources and gives links to all sources used in the checks.


done_all 2.3 marked as Compliant by Sergio Lüdtke.

Criteria 2.4
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will assess compliance through a review of the fact checks published over the previous year. No additional information required.

Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
19-May-2020 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

Aos Fatos does not declare support for any party, politician, or political candidate. It is not noticed in the fact-checks published any support or opposition to any political positions or causes that could compromise the transparency and accuracy of its investigations.


done_all 2.4 marked as Compliant by Sergio Lüdtke.

Criteria 2.5
Proof you meet criteria
Please share a link to a place on your website where you publish a statement setting out your policy on non-partisanship for staff and how it ensures the organization meets this criteria.

Aos Fatos
03-May-2020 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago
Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
19-May-2020 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

Aos Fatos, on the Our Method page, it states that its professionals are expressly instructed not to endorse any political party discourse and that the team does not advocate or express preferences. On the contrary, journalists are encouraged to listen to all sides. The candidate also declares that any behavior that differs from the look for exemption and plurality is not part of the philosophy nor the editorial line of Aos Fatos.


done_all 2.5 marked as Compliant by Sergio Lüdtke.

Section 3: A commitment to Standards and Transparency of Sources

To be compliant on sources, applicants must meet these four criteria

  • 3.1 The applicant identifies the source of all significant evidence used in their fact checks, providing relevant links where the source is available online, in such a way that users can replicate their work if they wish. In cases where identifying the source would compromise the source’s personal security, the applicant provides as much detail as compatible with the source’s safety.
  • 3.2 The applicant uses the best available primary, not secondary, sources of evidence wherever suitable primary sources are available. Where suitable primary sources are not available, the applicant explains the use of a secondary source.
  • 3.3 The applicant checks all key elements of claims against more than one named source of evidence save where the one source is the only source relevant on the topic.
  • 3.4 The applicant identifies in its fact checks the relevant interests of the sources it uses where the reader might reasonably conclude those interests could influence the accuracy of the evidence provided.

Criteria 3.1
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the applicant’s use of sources in a randomised sample of its fact checks to assess compliance. No additional evidence is required.

Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
19-May-2020 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

All sources consulted for the fact-checks are related to the end of the publications, with links that allow users to review the checks if they wish.


done_all 3.1 marked as Compliant by Sergio Lüdtke.

Criteria 3.2
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the applicant’s use of sources in a randomised sample of its fact checks to assess compliance. No additional evidence is required.

Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
19-May-2020 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

As a rule, Aos Fatos uses adequate primary evidence sources. When suitable primary sources are not available, the applicant uses secondary sources.

On the page where it expresses its principles, the applicant declares that if the security of a source is under threat, it will offer as much detail as possible without mentioning the source. We did not find in the evaluation any case that exemplifies this issue.


done_all 3.2 marked as Compliant by Sergio Lüdtke.

Criteria 3.3
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the applicant’s use of sources in a randomised sample of its fact checks to assess compliance. No additional evidence is required.

Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
19-May-2020 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

Aos Fatos uses different sources to verify or confirm the information obtained. In some cases, the use of a single source is noted for checking the evidence, but they are usually primary and convincing sources or the only one where the necessary information is available.


done_all 3.3 marked as Compliant by Sergio Lüdtke.

Criteria 3.4
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the applicant’s use of sources in a randomised sample of its fact checks to assess compliance. No additional evidence is required.

Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
19-May-2020 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

We did not find in the analyzed checks examples of the use of fonts that could demand a disclaimer to readers about the possible interests of these fonts. Aos Fatos, however, is very transparent in its fact-checks and offers readers the necessary links to the sources it uses and gives access to all the evidential material of its findings.


done_all 3.4 marked as Compliant by Sergio Lüdtke.

Section 4: A commitment to Transparency of Funding & Organization

To be compliant on funding and organization, applicants must meet these five criteria

  • 4.1 Applicants that are independent organizations have a page on their website detailing each source of funding accounting for 5% or more of total revenue for its previous financial year. This page also sets out the legal form in which the organization is registered (e.g. as a non-profit, as a company etc).
  • 4.2 Applicants that are the fact-checking section or unit of a media house or other parent organization make a statement on ownership.
  • 4.3 A statement on the applicant’s website sets out the applicant’s organizational structure and makes clear how and by whom editorial control is exercised.
  • 4.4 A page on the applicant’s website details the professional biography of all those who, according to the organizational structure and play a significant part in its editorial output.
  • 4.5 The applicant provides easy means on its website and/or via social media for users to communicate with the editorial team.

Criteria 4.1
Proof you meet criteria
Please confirm whether you are an ‘independent organization’
or ‘the fact-checking section or unit of a media house or other parent organization’ and share proof of this organizational status.

Aos Fatos
03-May-2020 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

Aos Fatos is a journalistic company trading name. It is registered under the CNPJ 22.408.117/0001-41 as news agency. Reference: https://aosfatos.org/nossos-parceiros/

Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
19-May-2020 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

Aos Fatos is an independent organization. The applicant describes on its Quem Somos (about us) page the main revenue sources and the total revenue in previous years. The applicant does not declare the values or percentages of each source of income. 


done_all 4.1 marked as Compliant by Sergio Lüdtke.

Criteria 4.2
Proof you meet criteria
If your organization is an “independent organization”, please share a link to the page on your website where you detail your funding and indicate the legal form in which the organization is registered (e.g. as a non-profit, as a company etc).
If your organization is “the fact-checking section or unit of a media house or other parent organization”, please share a link to the statement on your website about your ownership.

Aos Fatos
03-May-2020 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago
Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
19-May-2020 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

Aos Fatos is an organization registered as a news agency and uses a simplified taxation model called Simples Nacional.


done_all 4.2 marked as Compliant by Sergio Lüdtke.

Criteria 4.3
Proof you meet criteria
Please share a link to where on your website you set out your organizational structure, making clear how and by whom editorial control is exercised.

Aos Fatos
03-May-2020 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago
Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
19-May-2020 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

The Nossa Equipe page lists all the staff of Aos Fatos with photo, bio, and function. On another page, Nosso Método, there is a description of the workflow and the editorial decision process.


done_all 4.3 marked as Compliant by Sergio Lüdtke.

Criteria 4.4
Proof you meet criteria
Please share a link to where on your website you set out the professional biographies of those who play a significant part in your organization’s editorial output.

Aos Fatos
03-May-2020 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago
Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
19-May-2020 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

The staff page (Nossa Equipe) lists all the team of Aos Fatos with photo, bio, and function.


done_all 4.4 marked as Compliant by Sergio Lüdtke.

Criteria 4.5
Proof you meet criteria
Please share a link to where on your website you encourage users to communicate with your editorial team.

Aos Fatos
03-May-2020 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

Aos Fatos has plenty of ways to a reader reach out to our editorial team:

1. In our homepage, there are links to our e-mail and social media channels, including WhatsApp: https://aosfatos.org/

2. Aos Fatos' WhatsApp is one of our most strategical communication engines. It has a link in the homepage (https://api.whatsapp.com/send?phone=5521999565882) as well as a link to how to use it (https://aosfatos.org/noticias/aos-fatos-agora-esta-no-whatsapp-veja-como-usar/).

Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
19-May-2020 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

There is a very visible area on the homepage called Nossas Redes with shortcuts to email, to the WhatsApp number and to profiles and pages on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. The same links are available at the website footer.


done_all 4.5 marked as Compliant by Sergio Lüdtke.

Section 5: A commitment to Standards and Transparency of Methodology

To be compliant on methodology, applicants must meet these six criteria

  • 5.1 The applicant publishes on its website a statement about the methodology it uses to select, research, write and publish its fact checks.
  • 5.2 The applicant selects claims to check based primarily on the reach and importance of the claims, and where possible explains the reason for choosing the claim to check.
  • 5.3 The applicant sets out in its fact checks relevant evidence that appears to support the claim as well as relevant evidence that appears to undermine it.
  • 5.4 The applicant in its fact checks assesses the merits of the evidence found using the same high standards applied to evidence on equivalent claims, regardless of who made the claim.
  • 5.5 The applicant seeks where possible to contact those who made the claim to seek supporting evidence, noting that (I) this is often not possible with online claims, (II) if the person who makes the claim fails to reply in a timely way this should not impede the fact check, (III) if a speaker adds caveats to the claim, the fact-checker should be free to continue with checking the original claim, (IV) fact-checkers may not wish to contact the person who made the claim for safety or other legitimate reasons.
  • 5.6 The applicant encourages users to send in claims to check, while making it clear what readers can legitimately expect will be fact-checked and what isn’t fact-checkable.

Criteria 5.1
Proof you meet criteria
Please provide a link to the statement on your website that explains the methodology you use to select, research, write and publish your fact checks.

Aos Fatos
03-May-2020 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago
Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
19-May-2020 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

On the Nosso Método page (our method) Aos Fatos describes, step by step, its methodology and how it selects, researches, writes and publishes its fact-checks.


done_all 5.1 marked as Compliant by Sergio Lüdtke.

Criteria 5.2
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the methodology used in a randomised sample of your fact checks to assess compliance with these criteria. No additional evidence is required.

Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
19-May-2020 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

The fact-checks published by Aos Fatos refer to the origin of the claim, where it was identified and the reach obtained. It is not common for articles to emphasize directly other reasons that motivated the fact-checking, such as the relevance of the topic or the potential to cause damage. While these reasons are almost always implicit in the reports, giving more evidence to them would probably add even more transparency to the fact-checking work.


done_all 5.2 marked as Compliant by Sergio Lüdtke.

Criteria 5.3
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the methodology used in a randomised sample of your fact checks to assess compliance with these criteria. No additional evidence is required.

Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
19-May-2020 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

The applicant fact-checks strictly follow its methodology, are conclusive, supported by relevant evidence, and links to primary sources, leaving no room for doubt.


done_all 5.3 marked as Compliant by Sergio Lüdtke.

Criteria 5.4
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the methodology used in a randomised sample of your fact checks to assess compliance with these criteria. No additional evidence is required.

Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
19-May-2020 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

It is possible to identify patterns in the Ao Fatos fact-checks, regardless of who did it and when the investigation was carried out. In addition to the applied methodology being evident, the conclusions are quite objective and there are no different weights used to different personalities or themes.


done_all 5.4 marked as Compliant by Sergio Lüdtke.

Criteria 5.5
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the methodology used in a randomised sample of your fact checks to assess compliance with these criteria. No additional evidence is required.

Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
19-May-2020 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

Some of the analyzed fact-checks report that contact with whoever made the claim was attempted, but Aos Fatos did not receive feedback in any of these attempts.


done_all 5.5 marked as Compliant by Sergio Lüdtke.

Criteria 5.6
Proof you meet criteria
Please describe how you encourage users to send in claims to check, while making it clear what readers can legitimately expect will be fact-checked and what isn’t fact-checkable. Include links where appropriate. If you do not allow this, explain why.

Aos Fatos
03-May-2020 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

Aos Fatos' WhatsApp is one of our most strategical communication engines, with more than a 5,000 subscribers. It has a link in the homepage (https://api.whatsapp.com/send?phone=5521999565882) as well as a link to how to use it (https://aosfatos.org/noticias/aos-fatos-agora-esta-no-whatsapp-veja-como-usar/). Aos Fatos receives some 200 messages daily with fact-checking suggestions, compliments and complaints. There are two journalists in our team that are focused in answering those messages and improving our readers' experience. Either way, an automatic message is sent to our readers proving that we received their suggestion and we'll keep them posted if their suggestion is fact-checked. 

Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
19-May-2020 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

The contact points are very visible. There is a link for email and WhatsApp in the center of the homepage and in the footer of the website as well. But there is no incentive for readers to send check requests or guidance on how to do so.

There is a link at the bottom of the website with the phrase "We check for you" that seems to indicate a way to submit suggestions, but it is not working.

Even though Aos Fatos already receives 200 daily requests for checks, as stated in its application, a more visible orientation for readers on how to do this would be recommended.


done_all 5.6 marked as Compliant by Sergio Lüdtke.

Section 6: A commitment to an Open & Honest Corrections Policy

To be compliant on corrections policy, applicants must meet these five criteria

  • 6.1 The applicant has a corrections or complaints policy that is easily visible and accessible on the organization’s website or frequently referenced in broadcasts.
  • 6.2 The policy sets out clear definitions of what it does and does not cover, how major mistakes, especially those requiring revised conclusions of a fact check, are handled, and the fact that some complaints may justify no response. This policy is adhered to scrupulously.
  • 6.3 Where credible evidence is provided that the applicant has made a mistake worthy of correction, the applicant makes a correction openly and transparently, seeking as far as possible to ensure that users of the original see the correction and the corrected version.
  • 6.4 The applicant, if an existing signatory, should either on its corrections/complaints page or on the page where it declares itself an IFCN signatory inform users that if they believe the signatory is violating the IFCN Code, they may inform the IFCN, with a link to the IFCN site.
  • 6.5 If the applicant is the fact-checking unit of a media company, it is a requirement of signatory status that the parent media company has and adheres to an open and honest corrections policy.

Criteria 6.1
Proof you meet criteria
Please provide a link to where you publish on your website your corrections or complaints policy. If you are primarily a broadcaster, please provide evidence you frequently reference your corrections policy in broadcasts.

Aos Fatos
03-May-2020 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago
Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
19-May-2020 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

Aos Fatos has a very clear corrections policy that is accessible by a link on the website footer. 


done_all 6.1 marked as Compliant by Sergio Lüdtke.

Criteria 6.2
Proof you meet criteria
The assessor will review the corrections policy to verify it meets critera. No additional information needed.

Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
19-May-2020 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

The error correction policy clearly describes what should happen when the applicant makes a mistake and what it will do to correct it.


done_all 6.2 marked as Compliant by Sergio Lüdtke.

Criteria 6.3
Proof you meet criteria
Please provide a short statement about how the policy was adhered to over the previous year (or six months if this is the first application) including evidence of two examples of the responses provided by the applicant to a correction request over the previous year. Where no correction request has been made in the previous year, you must state this in your application, which will be publicly available in the assessment if your application is successful.

Aos Fatos
03-May-2020 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

Our correction policy is here, with details on how to proceed in case of mistakes made by our team: https://aosfatos.org/politica-de-erros/

This specific example of a correction was motivated by a mistake while interpreting a dataset about military pensions. A reader flagged us, stating that the dataset we used as a source to our fact-check was incomplete. Because it changed substantially our evaluation, we corrected our content and warned about the mistake on the title: https://aosfatos.org/noticias/correcao-regina-duarte-recebe-pensao-por-ser-filha-de-militar-mas-de-r-68-mil-nao-r-20-mil/

This mistake was flagged by our own review control and our correction was explained at the bottom of the story, as our policy suggests: https://aosfatos.org/noticias/verificamos-cinco-fatos-sobre-cobranca-de-mensalidade-em-universidades-publicas/

Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
19-May-2020 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

The correction policy was applied according to what Aos Fatos proposes to do in case of errors in the two examples that it submitted with this application. However, there is no explanation as to how the policy was adhered to over the previous year.


done_all 6.3 marked as Compliant by Sergio Lüdtke.

Criteria 6.4
Proof you meet criteria
If you are an existing signatory, please provide a link to show where on your site you inform users that if they believe you are violating the IFCN Code, they may inform the IFCN of this, with a link to the complaints page on the IFCN site.

Aos Fatos
03-May-2020 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

There are two pages in our website that inform readers about IFCN's complaints page:

https://aosfatos.org/politica-de-erros/

https://aosfatos.org/nosso-m%C3%A9todo/

Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
19-May-2020 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

The page describing its correction policy also informs that Aos Fatos follows IFCN principles and gives the reader a link to IFCN's website in case the reader understands that the applicant does not comply with the guidelines.


done_all 6.4 marked as Compliant by Sergio Lüdtke.

Criteria 6.5
Proof you meet criteria
If you are the fact-checking unit of a media company, please provide a link to the parent media company’s honest and open corrections policy and provide evidence that it adheres to this.

Aos Fatos
03-May-2020 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

We are an independent website.

Sergio Lüdtke Assessor
19-May-2020 (11 months ago) Updated: 11 months ago

Aos Fatos is an independent fact-checking organization.


done_all 6.5 marked as Compliant by Sergio Lüdtke.